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Grand Ole Gossip: 12/01/16




Thomas Rhett Expands First U.S. Headlining Tour After Selling Out

Just as he returns to the U.S. after selling out his first headlining tour of Europe, Thomas Rhett is responding to demand stateside by adding more shows to his 2017 Home Team trek. After his initial date at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater sold out instantly, the “Star of the Show” hitmaker is now planning a second stop on April 20.

“I grew up seeing my favorite bands and a lot of my heroes play here,” he says of Music City. “So, to headline my first Nashville tour stop with not one, but two nights is pretty wild. I know having so many fans, friends and family there is going to make it a really special couple nights.”

Tickets for the new Nashville date go on sale December 9, with the trek set to kick off February 23 in Saginaw, Michigan. Kelsea Ballerini and newcomers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd will open.



Kenny Chesney Extends His Boston Run in Response to Demand

It looks like one night just won’t be enough for Kenny Chesney next summer at the home of the New England Patriots. Since he’s not planning to tour next year, his August 25 show was to be his only stadium date of 2017. Now, due to demand, he’s adding August 26 as well.

“I said I was going to take some time and lay low, but obviously a summer without Boston just isn’t the same,” Kenny explains. “And when they came back asking about another show due to the response and said, ‘You’re already going to have the stage and everything in place…,’ what else could I say? So this will be my only stadium play, but it will be two nights instead of one.”

Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion will open both nights at Gillette Stadium, with seats for both shows going on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. ET.



Dollywood to Give $1,000 Per Month to Families Who Lost Everything in Wildfire [VIDEO]


Dolly Parton’s The Dollywood Foundation announced Wednesday it would be giving $1,000 per month for six months to families who lost everything in the wildfires.

Parton issued a statement on the foundation’s website saying she was starting the “My People Fund” to help provide a hand up to families affected by the fires.


As you may know by now, there have been terrible wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains, the same mountains where I grew up and where my people call home.

I have always believed that charity begins at home. That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies – Including the Dollywood Theme Park, and DreamMore Resort; My dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; and my Dollywood Foundation to help me establish the “My People Fund.”

We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. To aid in their recovery effort, the Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so that they can get back on their feet.


DOLLY PARTON’S Dollywood Foundation is donating $1,000 a month for six months to all the families that lost their homes in the fires in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Dollywood Foundation is also accepting donations to contribute to the fund on its website at www.DollywoodFoundation.org.

The site also provided a donation link and said more information will be forthcoming on Friday.



~~Carrie Underwood wrapped “The Storyteller Tour” Tuesday night in Salt Lake City, Utah, completing 92 shows for one million fans across seven countries since its launch in January.  In addition to the US and Canada, she traveled overseas to Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, and Ireland as part of Country to Country (C2C), Europe’s biggest country music festival. Watch highlights from last night’s finale in Salt Lake City HERE and highlights from the fall leg of the tour HERE. 

Carrie will head to New Zealand and Australia in December to join Keith Urban on his Ripcord World Tour 2016.

Check out a video recap of Carrie’s Storyteller Tour below.

~~Jake Owen will receive an Arnie Award alongside Peyton Manning and Phil Mickelson as part of Golf Digest's "Golfers Who Give Back" during the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Feb. 7.  

Owen's upcoming sold-out 10th annual charity concert in his Vero Beach, FL hometown Dec. 9 will benefit the Jake Owen Foundation, which to date has raised $1.25 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and local children's charities.

~~CMA Foundation gave a record $3.1 million to 44 charitable groups and announced its 2017 grant recipients Wednesday via a "Mannequin Challenge" video with CMA staff and Cam.  The grants bring CMA's total contributions since 2006 to more than $17.5 million.


Martina McBride Thinks the Country Music Songwriting Formula Is Changing


With over 25 years in the industry, Martina McBride has been privy to plenty of country music trends. She’s become known for songs that are steeped in stories, such as “Independence Day” and “Concrete Angel,” but the country star admits that she has seen a trend toward predictable songwriting recently. Fortunately, in a recent interview, McBride admits that she sees her beloved genre changing — and it might just be returning to the deep storytelling that she loves.




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